Thursday, December 14, 2017

The indecent proposal of #socialmedianight at the ballpark

Don't Miss Social Media Night Presented by AT&T Tuesday, July 1 vs. STL —San Francisco Giants press release When I was a senior in high school, my brain and body had yet to fully develop. I subsisted on chalupas, Dad's Root Beer and Twizzlers. My girlfriend's name was Echo, or at least that's what she wrote in her sexy bubble...

A rare moment for the Western States 100

Every year the first Saturday in August I run up the slippery granite face of Squaw Valley. I am infected by the morning hum of race-day runners, the smell of coffee and sunblock and fine Alpine dust mixed with flirting-with-the-ground sound from the bronze pistons of experienced climbers and endurance athletes—all elongated fingers and push pins for knees shaking...

Soccer: ‘What did I do so right to deserve Ann Coulter as not a fan?’

Hi, Soccer here. A BUNCH of people have asked me to write a rebuttal directly to Ann Coulter after her column (sorry, "click bait") blew up the internet and, um, blew her back into relevance for at least 27 hours. My initial reaction is I don't have time to play games because I'm too busy …playing games. But that sounded a...

Competition Sucks: An unwelcome pennant battle

Editor's note: Since Kyle Magin wrote this column, Verlander got his groove back against the Indians (because Cleveland is the baseball version of flying to Montego Bay and hooking up with Taye Diggs) pitching seven innings, giving up only four hits and one earned run, walking one, striking out eight and lowering his ERA to 4.73.) There’s a dearth of...

The beautiful game and its beautiful fanbase

All those pizza parties and orange slices and Igloo cylinders full of warm, watered-down Gatorade and Honda Odysseys with the sticky movie theater floors and the mysterious gray streaks on the third row seats have finally paid off. Soccer has planted its checkered offsides flag into the heart of America. We've declared this before, 1994 to be exact. But...

Tony Gwynn: Beloved Guru, Victim of Vice

You climb a mountaintop to learn philosophy from a guru. You visit Mexico City to study scale from Diego Rivera’s murals. You flip open Hemingway to understand writing. In the afterlife, you’ll listen to Tony Gwynn when it comes to hitting. Not only is he one of the greatest to ever ply the trade, but he also appeared to be...

Goodnight Sweet Vince

I'm not sure why, but I have this distinct memory of Vince Young bounding into the end zone from the ten yard line at the 2006 national championship game, clock running out, soaring in slow motion over every USC defender, its entire sideline, every bent-billed frat guy's three-series parked on The Row, its overstuffed-white-turtleneck cheer squad, NCAA scofflaws Reggie...

Ranking David Halberstam

Editor's Note: DPB's writers introduce their summer sports reading lists this week. Here Kyle Magin shows the easy life of summer in the Sierra is best balanced with the substantial works of David Halberstam. The term ‘Summer Reading List’ really only exists as a concept because the publishing industry wants you to buy more books. In my experience, checking off...

Putting the D in dethroning the King

Did anyone see game three? Did anyone rejoice? Or was it a little sad after all. I think it was a little sad. LeBron James can't play basketball when he's defended like a human being by a human being who is playing basketball. He's mortal when he faces a mortal who treats him like a mortal. Yep. We're all people...

Raiderette lawsuits have legs and the NFL isn’t cheering

On the surface, several late-night talk show monologue zingers lie in wait about the Raiderette lawsuit against the Oakland Raiders and, more recently, the National Football League. Stuff like: If the Raidettes are complaining about how little they're making to give the product on the field the spirit finger, fans of the Silver and Black should demand at least...